By Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) launched a project called “B-MASCOT POLICE” to strengthen police-community relations by bringing happiness to the people here.
The project MASCOT, which means Making A Safe Community with Outstanding and Trustworthy Police, was launched on Saturday, November 4.
Through the use of life-sized police mascots namely Patrolwoman Inasal and Patrolman MassKara, these mascots are designed to engage the community.
The mascots were named after Bacolod’s well-known festivals – Chicken Inasal and MassKara, which represent the rich cultural heritage of the city, fostering unity and pride among its residents.
The BCPO’s initiative specifically focuses on children who may not have access to regular means of entertainment or leisure activities, according to Police Colonel Noel Aliño, BCPO director.
By visiting their communities and engaging with them directly, the mascots will bring smiles to the faces of these children, he added.
Aliño noted that the presence of these mascots also serves as an opportunity for the police force to connect with the local community on a deeper level.
This initiative not only creates memorable experiences for the children but also strengthens the relationship between the police and the community, he said, adding that mascots act as friendly representatives, promoting trust and a positive image of law enforcement among residents.